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The White Partridge: EC.21-1941

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


The White Partridge


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain, lead-glazed and painted in blue, bluish-green, yellow, red, red-brown, purple, and black enamels. The partridge stands on both feet astride the stump, in profile to right with its head turned to its right. The larger tree trunk has three multiple stems bearing flowers, extending upwards under the bird's breast, and there is a spray of ivy on the ground. The bird is painted in red-brown and purple, with red combs and a red-lined black beak; the tree at the front is yellow with red and blue dotted flowers; the leaves on the base are bluish-green.


History note: Dr H. Bellamy Gardner; sold Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the Celebrated collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics and Enamels, the property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 96; given by the National Art Collections Fund as trustee of the R. S. Cochrane Fund

Legal notes

Given by the National Art Collections Fund as trustee of the R. S. Cochrane Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941) by National Art Collections Fund


Raised anchor period (1749-1752)
18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1752 CE - 1753 CE


The model was adapted from pl. 72, the White Partridge in George Edwards, The Natural History of Uncommon Birds, vol. II, 1743.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, bluish-green, yellow, red, red-brown, purple, and black)

Materials used in production

glassy type Soft-paste porcelain
presumed lead Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.21-1941
Primary reference Number: 80509
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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